"HEAVEN: Choir Metal" is a Brazilian choir metal band founded by conductor and singer Rafael Leoni and drummer Rômulo Zanco. After a nationwide recruitment, which was attended by extremely qualified musicians and interested in a project with unprecedented purpose, the band settled with five instrumentalists and a choir of seven singers.
The style of the band mixes heavy metal with chorus of voices and orchestra elements. In the repertoire are presented compositions that permeate the innumerable variations of the style. The main references for HEAVEN are: Angra, Avantasia, Epica, Kamelot, Nightwish, Stratovarius and Therion.
HEAVEN debuted with the release of the song "Sensorium", cover of the band "Epica", in March 2018. The recording took place during the months of February and March at the Whatafolk-Studio in Campinas (São Paulo, Brazil).
In April 2018, HEAVEN began recording their first self-titled work entitled "Sacred Blood". The song was released in early May 2018 and features influences of power metal and classical music, including a reference to the "Invention of Two Voices in Bb Major" (BWV 785), composed by Johann Sebastian Bach. The lyrics are based on the Baroque theme and describe a ritual of fertility and prosperity carried out in different cultures, referring to the blood and sacrifice from the continuity of life to the new generations. In June, the band released a music video with excerpts captured during the recording in studio.
The band was selected in early August to participate in the Alabama Stars contest, promoted by guitarist and music supervisor Mauricio Alabama in partnership with music companies (Elixir Strings, Santo Angelo, Dantas Handmade, Joyo Brasil and Barra Music). The contest was held throughout the country during August 2018 with 32 bands and aimed to encourage the rock / heavy metal scene through the virtual dispute between the bands. HEAVEN won third place in the ranking, receiving praise from the general public and the channel owner for the band's proposal and quality of their compositions.
HEAVEN is also one of the 90 bands selected for the TIME4MUSIC festival, promoted by companies in the musical segment. The festival will be held during the months of August to December 2018, with the aim of promoting independent author music in the city of São Paulo.
Currently HEAVEN is finalizing the mix of their new work song, Slay The Fiends Within, which will be released in September. The song was composed with influences from power metal and its lyrics were written with the intention of passing a positive message about life. By the end of the year 2018, the band will follow a schedule of concerts, where they will present songs and covers with the intention of disseminating the proposal of the band that joins heavy metal, choral voices and orchestra elements.
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